Ads for the computer love story Her are everywhere, and it makes me wonder about the ethics of sex robots. Would I ever have sex with one? Or would I find it ooky and gross — in a moral sense, but also aesthetically and erotically? Here’s what I decided.
I certainly don’t have any objections to using sex toys. I don’t have moral objections, or aesthetic/ erotic ones. I think sex toys are awesome, and I use them enthusiastically. And a sex robot would essentially be a sex toy. Unless it had consciousness, from a moral perspective I don’t see how using a robot for sex would be any different than using a vibrator for sex.
But I’m finding the idea ooky.
I think a sex robot would be different from a vibrator, in important ways.
Thus begins my latest piece for io9, Would You Have Sex with a Robot? To find out more about my thoughts on the ethics, aesthetics, and… em, robotics, I guess, of having sex with robots, read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!
UPDATE: In this case, definitely read the comments. It’s a great conversation. Lots of ideas and angles I hadn’t thought of.